This year, we celebrate 30 years of Christian Community Development work and what it means to be rooted in communities. We realize the work we do in our ministries, churches, non-profits, and businesses can be challenging.
Hearing inspiring stories from practitioners can help spark new ideas and encourage us to stay the course in our communities. CCDA is excited to feature C-Talks, powerful 10-minute talks, which will be offered during the workshop sessions.
Thursday 2:15pm – The Role of Church in CCD
Sandra Van Opstal
Sandra Maria Van Opstal, a second-generation Latina, pastors at Grace and Peace Community on the west-side of Chicago. She is a preacher, liturgist and activist who is re-imagining the intersection of worship and justice. Sandra is author of The Next Worship: Glorifying God in a Diverse World.
C-Talk Session: Role of the Church in CCD: Indigenous Church | November 1st 2:15PM
Daniel Hill (@danielhill1336) is theFounding/Senior Pastor of River City Community Church, located in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, and author of White Awake and 10:10: Life to the Fullest.
C-Talk Session: Role of the Church in CCD: Diverse Church | November 1st 2:15PM
Michael Carrion recruits and trains church planters in New York City. He brings 25 years of experience in urban ministry, with specific focus and gifting in urban church planting, designing and leading urban charter schools and launching national social justice movements. He is the senior and planting pastor of Promised Land Covenant Church, a missional church in the North and South Bronx.
C-Talk Session: Role of the Church in CCD: Prophetic Church | November 1st 2:15PM
Brek Cockrell is the lead pastor/founder of Renovation Church, a multi-ethnic community of faith that has been built on the principles of CCDA.
C-Talk Session: Role of the Church in CCD: Digging in to the Community | November 1st 2:15PM
Luis Carlo, Sr.
Dr. Carlo served as the Associate Dean at Alliance Theological Seminary, where he is an alumnus of the ATS M.Div. program. He earned two doctorates—an Ed.D. from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary and the D.Min. from Bakke Graduate University.
C-Talk Session: Role of the Church in CCD: Theological Education | November 1st 2:15PM
Lisa works as Leadership Development and Training Director at the Christian Community Development Association, and is a board member of Missio Alliance. Educated at Florida International University and Golden Gate Seminary, she has served as an urban church planter, collegiate minister, and international missionary. Her heart to see people reconciled to God and to one another has led her to invest her life, family and ministry in places and people that have often been looked over by the world.
C-Talk Session: Role of the Church in CCD: Church Planting | November 1st 2:15PM
Thursday 3:45pm – Critical Issues
Rev. Kyle Meyaard-Schaap
Kyle Meyaard-Schaap serves as the National Organizer and Spokesperson for Young Evangelicals for Climate, a national network of young Christians who are acting to overcome the climate crisis as an expression of their Christian witness and discipleship.
C-Talk Session: Critical Issues: Environmental Justice | November 1st 3:45PM
Lisa Sharon Harper
Lisa Sharon Harper is the founder and president of FreedomRoad.us, a consulting group dedicated to shrinking the narrative gap in our nation by designing forums and experiences that bring common understanding, common commitment and common action.
C-Talk Session: Critical Issues: Political Engagement | November 1st 3:45PM
Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.” Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. And now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty.
C-Talk Session: Critical Issues: Death Penalty | November 1st 3:45PM
Nicole Baker Fulgham
Nicole received her doctorate in education from UCLA with a focus on urban education policy and teacher preparation. She joined the national staff of TFA and held several key leadership roles before starting The Expectations Project. Nicole has written two books: Educating All God’s Children (Baker) and Schools in Crisis(Barna).
C-Talk Session: Critical Issues: Education Equity | November 1st 3:45PM
Mark Charles is a dynamic and thought-provoking public speaker, writer, and consultant. The son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man, he speaks with insight into the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and conciliation for the nation.
C-Talk Session: Critical Issues: Doctrine of Discovery | November 1st 3:45PM
Noel has worked in full-time ministry in Latino, urban communities since 1982. He has served in youth ministry, church planting, advocacy and community development in San Francisco, San Jose, and Chicago. After serving on the Board of the Christian Community Development Association for many years, he established the CCDA Institute, which equips emerging church leaders in the philosophy of Christian Community Development, and currently serves as the President of CCDA. Noel is author of Where The Cross Meets The Street: What Happens To The Neighborhoods When God Is At The Center.
C-Talk Session: Critical Issues: Gentrification | November 1st 3:45PM
Friday 11:00am – The Power of Women to Lead
Amy “Hope Dealer” Williams, a 24-year youth ministry veteran and certified Gang Intervention Specialist, follows her passion to minister to teens involved in gangs, youth on probation/parole and those lost in the criminal justice system.
C-Talk Session: The Power of Women to Lead: Youth Intervention | November 2nd 11:00AM
Joyce Del Rosario
Joyce is currently a PhD candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies and serves on the CCDA Board of Directors.
C-Talk Session: The Power of Women to Lead: Healing | November 2nd 11:00AM
Peace Udechukwu-Ezeka identifies as a Nigeria American as she was raised in Southern California after her parents migrated from Nigeria to the United States in the early 80’s. She currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of CityLight’s Life Development Center located in the Bronzeville area of Chicago, serving with a passion to build and unify the community.
C-Talk Session: The Power of Women to Lead: The Next Generation | November 2nd 11:00AM
Leroy Barber has dedicated 30 years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism, and living what Dr. King called “the beloved community.” Leroy is currently the Developer of Congregational Vitality with Oregon-Idaho Conference of United Methodist Church. Leroy is the Co-Founder of the Voices Project and Adjunct professor at Kilns College and Multnomah University. Rev. Barber is on the boards of, The Simple Way, Missio Alliance, The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN), and the Former Board Chair of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). Leroy is author of Embrace: God’s Radical Shalom For A Divided World.
C-Talk Session: The Power of Women to Lead: Men as Allies | November 2nd 11:00AM
Michelle Warren is the Advocacy and Strategic Engagement Director for the Christian Community Development Association, based in Chicago, IL. She has been working in Christian community development for 24 years utilizing her skills as an educator, non-profit manager and public policy specialist. Michelle is author of The Power Of Proximity: Moving Beyond Awareness To Action.
C-Talk Session: The Power of Women to Lead: Justice | November 2nd 11:00AM